SST lightweight composite head guards for pitchers are designed to reduce head injury from the impact of a baseball. They insert easily into the sweat liner of any ball cap and are comfortable for players to wear without distraction.
The Pro Performance and Pro X Head Guards are designed for players 13U and higher. They provide protection along the front panel and sides of a baseball cap.
The Prospect and Performance Head Guards are designed for Youth to 12U. Most players achieve an optimal fit for our head guards in their existing hat size.
Twelve active pitchers in the Major League have experienced a line drive to the head. But only a handful of pitchers are willing to wear some sort of protective cap. While safety is key, comfort and appearance seem to be the driving factors behind a head guard becoming widely accepted in the sport of baseball.
SST has developed a lightweight, low-profile solution for pitchers. The insert is a rectangular piece of carbon fiber with padding on the inside. It weighs less than 2 ounces unlike other bulky caps that weigh up to 11 ounces.
Our head guards have been tested from 60-94 MPH. Using a headform, triaxial accelerometer, and launcher we were able to determine a reduction of 120 G Forces between impacts with and without our head guards.
Studies show that a pitcher has only 1/3 of a second to react to a line drive. SST head guards cover the exposed side of a pitcher's head from above the ear to the middle of the forehead. A set of our head guards includes a right and left sided head piece for complete coverage from ear to ear around the front forehead area.
Made out of carbon fiber composite material, our head guards are powerfully built to reduce head trauma. But they remain lightweight and virtually unnoticeable inside a pitcher's cap.
Teams, parents, and players have all purchased our protective head guards. They can be easily exchanged between multiple hats when players are on several teams.
Notable Teams/Players using SST Head Guards
- Collin McHugh of the Houston Astros
- Dan Jennings of the Chicago White Sox
- Baltimore Orioles Organization
- New York Mets Organization
- Texas Rangers Organization
- Former Major Leaguer Matt Diaz for his youth travel team
- University of Maryland
- University of Missouri
- Creighton University
- Marucci Elite
Check out the special ESPN's Outside the Lines did on pitcher head protection. We were excited to be one of three products featured!
Risks and challenges
Safety Sports Technologies has provided pitchers with head protection for the past year. We understand the need and urgency for player safety in sports. We have estimated the best delivery time for our rewards barring any unavoidable delays. However, we cannot rush our manufacturing process as this could compromise the integrity of our product and ultimately, player safety. We do guarantee that our backers will receive their rewards in a timely manner and be satisfied with the quality of our product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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